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Title: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on October 05, 2008, 07:54:58 PM
Woo-hoo! Our previous thread (Version 2.0) has been inducted into the recently created Hall of Fame! How fun...anyways, one downside is that we have to re-create the thread. So, here we are. Old and new members alike are free to share their tips and tricks for saving money, spending wisely and protecting yourself from scams while at Fanime 2015.

Note: This thread is for people who either have been seriously saving, or are curious for future conventions as to how much money they should bring. This isn't the place for debates regarding poor vs. rich, nor will sob stories be acceptable. This is a place where responsible people wish to find out what kind of money is required for certain aspects of the convention.  Recommendations on how to make money are acceptable as well.

Necro-edit Hello again my lovelies! Just thought I would bring this thread back up since Fanime is rapidly approaching yet again and I figured this thread would be helpful for new and old fanime-goers alike.  :D

Revival Edit Part Deux It lives! And sticky'd too! At this point we'll be gearing up for Fanime 2016 before we know it! I hope this is helpful for board viewers new and old!
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Ok so I know many of you are trying to figure out finances early so you can start saving to have a great FanimeCon...and good for you! Below is a sample budget that I"ve put together that includes some of the basic costs (food and lodging) along with fun stuff like the dealers room and arcade. I believe that by using this model you can get a better idea of how much you and your friends should bring to the convention to have a great time. ^_^

NEW SECTION!- Money earning/saving

Before we go into the whole expenditure part, it's important to address a common issue, especially among the younger teenagers, or older teenagers still in High School that are either A) Too busy to get a job B) Their parents won't let them work and go to school at the same time or C) Too lazy *nudge nudge*. Where do I get the money?

Well, let's look at a bare-bones budget and see how much would need to be saved on a monthly basis:
Badge (Pre registering as soon as they become available)- ~$45
Hotel (Sharing a 4 person room with 3 other people for the weekend)- ~$100
Food (7 dollars per meal, assuming all meals Saturday and Sunday, and Dinner/Breakfast sunday and monday)- ~$55
Shopping- ~$100

So you're looking at a budget of about 300 dollars. If you want REAL bare bones, take out shopping and the hotel, and cut about 30 bucks out of the food budget. So, roughly $80.

Assuming you don't get food or a hotel, $80 means that you would have to save $7 a month. I'm going to be pretty honest about this...if you can't find some way to save 7 dollars in the course of 30 days...I don't know what to tell you. Considering that birthdays and christmas all land before Fanime, even setting aside some money there would at least get you a badge.

Tossing in hotel and shopping, and no job to earn the money with, makes things a bit more interesting. Of course there are your typical suggestions: mow lawns, offer your  body to friends and neighbors (for labor...of course), selling off old anime/other stuff on Ebay. Assuming you need around 300 dollars, you're looking at $25/month saving from June through the end of May. That's $6.25 a week. Another option is looking into either freelance writing work for a larger website or magazine to get a free Press pass, or joining the staff to help reduce costs. More recommendations on making money would be greatly appreciated to help expand this section. ^_^

Now then, on to a more detailed examination of the overall budget:

Hotel Costs

I will be using the Marriott as an example, but if you're choosing a different hotel just use my formula to figure out individual rates per day as well as for the whole weekend.

109 per night (Marriott, 2 bed) X 3= 327
+ 20% tax means it'll be about 393.

Divide that by 4 and it will be 98 dollars per resident for three nights. Not bad. About 33 dollars per person per night.

If you're staying on Thursday as well, the total will be 524 for 4 nights...or 130 dollars per resident for four nights. Staying on Thursday night is not necessary, but can definitely help for picking up your badge/starting in on Fanime nice and early on Friday. This may not be an option for those of you still in High School...but you can figure that out yourselves lol.

So, basically, assume 100 dollars per person for three nights in a hotel. Or 135 for four nights.

Food Budget

EDIT: After noticing some board-frequenters responses, I realize that my budget is a bit on the high end. This is what I'm planning on going with, but you can see Jeans' example for a much more affordable food budget. Perhaps I'm a bit too snooty. ^_^

Food budget is variable...it depends on if you eat breakfast or whatever. Assuming you want to grab something for breakfast assume the following meals per day:

(If arriving on Thursday night)

Thursday-Dinner (15)
Friday- Breakfast (10), Lunch (10), Dinner (15)
Saturday- Breakfast (10), Lunch (10), Dinner (15)
Sunday- Breakfast (10), Lunch (10), Dinner (15)
Monday- Breakfast (10), Lunch (15) (one or the other could be eliminated on the last day)

So total food budget could be roughly 145 dollars...if you get there friday afternoon then it would be 110 dollars if you eat breakfast. If you get there Friday afternoon and don't eat breakfast then the budget is about 90 dollars.

Again this depends on personal preference and where exactly you want to eat. If you just eat Jack and the  Box and McDonalds all weekend you can save a ton, but I wouldn't recommend it. Because by Monday you feel like crap. >_<

Try to bring snacks to your hotel room. Mini-fridges are in short supply so if you ask really early you can get one, that will help with the food issue.

EDIT: Mini-fridges are reserved for medical uses first and foremost. Better idea- bring a cooler. But be careful with the ice! Last thing you need is a big spill and having to pay for water damage. >_<

So now your  total budget has come to a total of 280 dollars if you're arriving Thursday night and eating all meals, 210 dollars if you arrive Friday afternoon and eat all meals, or 190 dollars if you arrive on Friday afternoon and don't eat breakfast.

FUN STUFF!

Now, what FanimeCon is complete without a trip to the dealers hall? My first suggestion, especially to those who will be there every day, is to TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SWAP MEET!! You will find great deals here on DVDs, wall scrolls, figures and other random assortments, mostly in good condition, of things that people don't want or need anymore.

I would bring 50 dollars to the swap meet, this should land you a nice stack of DVDs/Figures/Manga.

Dealers room, while huge and full of shiny things, is usually pretty steep. I would wait until Sunday or Monday morning to do your big shopping, since being broke on Sunday/Monday is probably the worst thing. You're kind of wandering around being bored and not being able to buy anything. Not fun.

Wall scrolls were in short supply last year, but you can typically find them for deals like 2 for 20 or 3 for 25 even. I wouldn't recommend purchasing DVDs in the dealers room, as most of the time they are far more expensive than trusted online retailers such as www.rightstuf.com or www.deepdiscount.com .

If you bring 50 dollars to the swap meet, I would suggest about 200 dollars for the dealers hall, bringing total spending money to about 250.

Total Cost
If you arrive on Thursday night, eat all meals and bring 250 dollars in spending money: $530
If you arrive on Friday night, eat all meals and bring 250 dollars in spending money: $460
If you arrive on Friday night, skip breakfast and bring 250 dollars in spending money: $440

Keep in mind that 200 dollars in the dealers hall is still a decent amount of swag. A few DVDs, a couple wall scrolls, a soundtrack, a figure or two and a shirt is probably what you'll end up with, not to mention whatever you can snag at the swap meet. If this is your first convention, you can plan on bringing less money because you will be running around to panels, AMV contests, cosplay competitions and showing rooms all day long and won't really have time to do much shopping. ^_^ Don't forget about Artist Alley either!

Finally, if you're a big gamer type...you'll need a separate budget amount for arcade stuff. Games are pretty steep, like 50 cents to a dollar per play. However, some of these games are tons of fun and you'll want to play them more than once. Waiting for consoles may take some time, but the import games are usually tons of fun to play too. Bring about 30-40 dollars for arcade stuff if you're planning on being there often.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

1) SET ASIDE THE HOTEL MONEY!! I can't tell you how many stories I've heard about people who go to the checkout on Monday and realize that their roommates have either:
a) Spent all their money over the weekend and don't have their share for the room.
b) Disappeared like ninjas on Sunday night and left the card-holder to front the whole bill.

 Collect the money for the hotel the DAY THEY ARRIVE! Many hotels will take the payments early so you can give them the payment for the hotel the day you check in. This is probably for the best, especially if you (or your roommates) are at Fanimecon for the first time.

2) DON'T SPEND YOUR FOOD MONEY ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN FOOD! Nothing's worse than starving on Sunday and monday because you spent all your money by Saturday night. If you have any surplus of your food budget, wait until Monday to use it.

3) WAIT TO DO MOST OF YOUR SHOPPING UNTIL SUNDAY/MONDAY! The only thing you should buy on Friday or Saturday are limited edition or rare items that you think won't last until Sunday or Monday. Even then, most of the time these retailers (especially if they're local) will re-stock over the weekend.

Well, that's about it.I hope this helps you guys! Let me know if you have any questions.

Tips offered by other Board-frequenters[/i]

Phoenixphire24-
Dealers room: I found it really helpful last year to make a list of things I knew I was looking for. Then I went around the internet and found out how much these items cost (plus shipping). That way I could browse the dealer's room and know when I was getting a deal and when I should wait. I haven't tried it, but it might help you bargan down some prices as well. As Guru said, unless you're getting a super deal, DVDs are usually cheaper online. The manga sellers actually had some good deals if you wanted to buy 4-5+ books; mostly a buy 4 get one free sort of thing. Of course, you have to bring some extra money for the dealer's room for those things you happen to find and can't live without right there and then.

Food: If you want to save on food, don't buy the food at the convention center. It's expensive and you don't get all that much food. It's better to walk a few blocks from the convention center. There are several mexican places with great cheap burritos.

Hotel: Make sure that you also factor in parking!

Kyraensui -
Luckily, the Hilton has mini fridges in the rooms already so I don't need to request one. Just in case, bringing a cooler is an awesome idea since yeah, the fridge has limited space to place our drinks. XD I intend to bring 2 cases of bottle waters for the convention for my roommates.

I agree. If you just walk outside of the convention center, you would find cheap foods. I even walk as far as Albertson to do some food shopping. Even times, I don't mind driving all the way to SJ Mitsuwa to buy some Japanese bentos and snacks too. XD Even stop by a bit at Kinokuniya too.

If you going to park at the convention center, I would wait until Friday when they are cheaper. T_T My friend and I paid $18 on Thursday, but found out it's $10 each day starting on Friday until Monday. Most hotels do give In & Out privileges so it's great when not losing your parking space.

Jeans -
Food will not cost you that much! La Victoria's taqueria sells breakfast burritos for $1.50 (or $1.75? i dunno, under two dollars) that are very filling and nutritious (eggs and protein!). Also, I would not buy the food from the convention vendors--it's all incredibly marked up. There are many restaurants downtown where you can buy really tasty and healthy food for cheap. Try Pita Pit, La Vic's, Iguana's, or even one of the pizza places! There is even a sushi place in Plaza de San Antonio (like 2 streets away from the con).

As for the walking around at night comment...I personally would, but I would be cautious. Always go with a group of friends to be on the safe side! Many of the restaurants downtown are open late for the people leaving clubs and such.

Heeroyuy

NEW I have an idea to those who don't want to wait around to have their credit card charged the full amount for a hotel room. Instead, buy hotel gift cards in small increments. For example, if you know your room is going to cost about $300, then buy three $100 gift cards. You can probably buy one each month after you reserve the room until you get to your desired total. You would still have to put a credit card on file, but when the bill comes around for the hotel you're stuck with the chump change compared to the full charge because the gift cards will take the grunt of the charged amount. It also gives you a easier chance to pay off those small amounts each month (or whatever your payment period is) compared to having to pay off the full amount.
What I did last year was I bought a lot of bottled water - I got 4 cases of 24 bottles from Smart and Final for about $20. Since the group I was in had two rooms, I decided to get 2 cases for each room.

It was a good idea since you save a lot of money on drinks (plus water and, to a certain extent, sports drinks like Gatorade are better for you over the weekend than sodas and energy drinks), but since we stayed at the Crowne Plaza, the accessibility for that water was not immediate, as we had to walk across the street to get to the hotel.

I'm going to do it again this year, and since I'm staying at the Marriot I can always retreat into my room, cool off with water, then go back without having to travel far. This way, the accessibility is much higher.


When I figured out my budget, I used a guide that is provided by the community college district (thank god for my ASG connections Smiley) to determine food budgets for traveling for conferences and other related events that require some sort of stipend. When I go back next week, I'll get one and provide it so that you can figure out it on a form.

I got the figures!

    * Breakfast: $9
    * Lunch: $12
    * Dinner: $21


That comes out to $42 a day, that's not including other items like snacks or drinks on the side.

Again, this is from a form that calculates stipend costs for travel provided by the community college district that I attend.

In reality, no one has $42 for food unless you have a ton of disposable income.

I can see something like this:

    * Breakfast: $6.75
    * Lunch: $9
    * Dinner: $15.75


That knocks it down to $31.50.

I say that these amounts are recommended so that you get the food that you need to keep yourself at optimum level while at FanimeCon

Moonblossom -
For more really tasty and relatively inexpensive food, there's the Asquew Grill.
http://www.asqewgrill.com/

A friend and I stumbled across this place while roaming around looking for dinner one night after everything else was closed, and omg, it's fabulous. The meat is really juicy and tender, and every single one of their sides that we ended up trying were awesome. We went back the next night with a larger group actually, and didn't mind at all.

It's not quite as cheap as La Victoria, but it's so delicious.

And, um, interesting tidbit that I possibly should not be promoting, they never carded me ><. I was 25 at the time so it wasn't an issue one way or the other, but it's handy to know. Should you have, um, forgotten your ID at the hotel, of course.

Superkawaiineko-

I've been doing this for more than ten years now, and I've been to cons as far away as AX. You guys seem to have the money covered, but I've got one tip for you, and that is to always have some extra money (if you can spare it, not everyone can.)

We call this the "Holy Shit! Fund" and the farther away from con you are, the larger this needs to be. If you're local, you could probably get away with around twenty dollars or so. If you're a couple hours away, you'll want at least 50 to 100. If youre from down south or out of state, $100 to $200 is nice. Sometimes, things dont go according to plan. Sometimes, unexpected things happen. And then you go "Holy shit! I need cash!" This is where the Holy Shit! Fund comes into play. Perhaps gremlins poke holes in your tire and you need to buy a new one. Maybe you lose track of time and miss your train, and you need to buy a new ticket. Maybe the omg BEST. BAND. EVAR. is playing one night only and you NEED to go see them. Maybe your friend gets arrested and you need to post bail. Maybe the roads get closed or the train breaks down and you need cash for another night at the hotel.

Maybe you meet the girl or guy of your dreams and decide to elope.

All of these reasons and more is why we have the Holy Shit! Fund. Have any of them ever happened to me? Nope. Do I still set money aside whenever I have enough to spare? Hell yes. You also have to remember that the unexpected can happen both on the way to the con, at the con itself, and on the way home. I suggest setting aside an amount that you deem appropriate, and keeping that money entirely seperate from your normal money (keep it in a different wallet in a different spot on your person, or even leave it in the hotel room (in a place where the cleaning lady wont think it's for her.)) Dont spend it until monday, and if you can keep at least half of it just in case of emergencies on the way home (sometimes I spend my food money and use the remainder of The Fund for food on the way back XD)

Will you need it? Probably not. But if you don't prepare and you end up wishing you had it, I hope you think of meee~ ^_^

Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: KyraEnsui on October 06, 2008, 01:10:07 PM
Wow. Awesome job for compiling all these into one page. Something new? Hmm... From what I learned last year:

1.) Stock on waters or any beverages in coolers with ice (or in mini-fridges if staying at Hilton). Just don't forget to drain out the water and restock ice to keep it cool. As good as there are food stands even later at night, it's quite expensive. I remember buying Gatorade for  about $4.00!
2.) Do plan ahead of where to eat. There are many great recommendations by our awesome board members so plan it out so you wouldn't miss out so many events going on.
3.) Know those coffee makers in rooms they have? Good for boiling water if you decide to go on cup of noodles and such.
4.) Got the munchies? If you can, stock up on little snacks like granola bars, small bag of chips, and etc.. so you won't splurge on so much. Plus, good way to snack when waiting in lines. =)
5.) The hardest part: SAVE money. ^^b  Just in case of emergency or last minute purchases. Swap meet is the best place to look out for good deals.

That's all I can come up right now. In any situation, planning ahead is the best way to go.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Gatsby on October 06, 2008, 08:00:15 PM
Some tips I learned from this year.

- When it comes to actually saving money for the con plan to save at least 100 dollars MORE than you need. There are always unknown expenses that may arise.
- It really helps to bring your own food and snacks. This includes cups of noodle, PB&J, and cereal. You can make a cup of noodle by heating water in the coffee maker. Not the best cup of noodle, but it's still a cheap and tasty snack. Bring lots of water and other drinks. I don't recommend sodas as they tend to make you more thirsty. Try not to eat at the food stands as they are horribly expensive.
- There are many close food joints that are reasonably priced and quite tasty.
- Save your money as best as you can. Don't buy everything on the first day. Take some time to look at everything you like then think about what you want most and buy them slowly over the course of Fanime.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Mr Anime on October 07, 2008, 09:20:05 PM
Next year I'll probably do the same thing I did this year and just use my tax refund to cover my expenses.   :P But I'm also saving up a bit here and there. I also bring water and a few snacks along with me to minimize on my con spending. Though it's a little to early to tell how much I'll really have to spend.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rei-Rei on October 08, 2008, 09:40:30 AM
One important thing I learned about the hotels is, even if you pay for staying at the hotel x amounts of nights, the price is not set so therefore you should have a couple hundred dollars extra just in case. There was a deposit for each room we booked, we took a couple of things from the fridge, and there was the movies charge. You should not watch movies that the hotel provides. It's actually a lot cheaper to go to Blockbusters to rent movies and watch them on your laptop.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on October 08, 2008, 12:30:57 PM
One important thing I learned about the hotels is, even if you pay for staying at the hotel x amounts of nights, the price is not set so therefore you should have a couple hundred dollars extra just in case. There was a deposit for each room we booked, we took a couple of things from the fridge, and there was the movies charge. You should not watch movies that the hotel provides. It's actually a lot cheaper to go to Blockbusters to rent movies and watch them on your laptop.


This is also  true. Same goes for phone calls. Granted, lots of people have cell phones now, but definitely avoid using the hotel phones except to call the front desk, it adds up so fast! With fees and everything else I think the base cost even for same area code is like $0.75/minute!

Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Sen on October 15, 2008, 10:58:51 AM
By the way, registration is at $45 right now so you might want to edit your first post.

When I'm in the dealer's room, and I see something I want, I think about whether or not I really have to have it. It has saved me money and from a lot of impulse buys.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Charis on October 20, 2008, 01:34:03 PM
Since space is always at a premium, one way to stretch your cooler space a little further at the outset is to freeze some of the things you'll be keeping inside (e.g. water bottles, etc.).  That way, you have cool drinks without taking up too much extra space.  It can also be done with some foods.

Cheaper even than water bottles (at least, in my experience) is bringing up a bottle per person and one of those big two-and-a-half gallon bottles.  They're exceedingly convenient for those who prefer bottled water to tap.  Similarly, bringing up larger bottles of juice/soda/whatever and decanting them over the course of the weekend can save precious pennies in your budget, as the smaller bottles or juice boxes often wind up far pricier by the ounce.  Keep your eyes open for supermarket sales and so on.

Ramen may be cheap, but it's got an abominable sodium content.  For the same price, you can grab yourself a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and make sandwiches -- a healthier alternative, especially if you bring along an apple to go with it.  On the other hand, you will wind up wanting to replenish the salt in your body, particularly if you're wearing a warm cosplay; pretzels are my preference for this, as they're usually fairly cheap, not too fattening, and can be dipped in peanut butter or cream cheese for added protein.

I've always brought food and drinks to cons, or asked the people I'm staying with to bring some stuff if I'm going by plane.  If you're like so many congoers and tend to forget to eat or drink, having a bottle of water and a granola bar can help tremendously when you start to get all dizzy somewhere around three in the afternoon. :3  There was a reason I carried around cookies last year -- I know congoers!

There will be emergencies.  It's in the rules somewhere.  Make sure to have either an emergency fund or, if you're stretched that tightly, wiggle room on your credit card.  When the fecal matter hits the air circulation device, you'll be glad for it.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: seika27 on October 22, 2008, 10:47:45 AM
Tips when shopping:
-Try to make a list of all the books that's in your collection to ensure that you don't buy doubles, or that you will set aside money for that book you've been waiting along time to get.
-TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SWAP MEET! A lot of people sell things there a lot cheaper than the dealers room and they'll be in (usually) great condition. When possible I will buy the bulk of my book list at the swap meet for insanely cheap prices and then hit the dealers room later for the newer releases.
-Try to divide your money between how many days you're actually going to be at the con. Being at the con definitely overexcites me and sometimes I'll end up spending 2/3 of my money by friday. I don't actually split my money up into thirds or fourths, I just keep in mind the amount of dollars per day that I want to spend. That way if I see something that I really really want on a certain day I can just spend more of my money towards that item and not have to go back to my hotel room or something to get more money.
-Keep some amount of money separate along with one credit card. This is in case someone steals your wallet, or some unforeseen accident occurs, you will still have something to help you out.

Tips for eating:
-Do not buy food at the con. It can be very expensive and there isn't much variety.
-Do check out San Jose. You don't even have to go far from the con. Last year my sister and I found Tandoori Oven which is very close to Johnny Rockets and has student discounts! Great curry and other stuff for about $6!
-Hit a grocery store. Whether its a Safeway or Ranch 99 (asian supermarket), you can get sandwich makings, cereal, or even unhealthy but cheap snacks. I adore Ranch 99 and if your sick of top ramen then i suggest going there. They have lots of different types of instant noodles from asia that taste way better than top ramen, not to say that they are healthier... If you live somewhat close by then I say making food ahead of time that tastes good cold is the best idea. I like making onigiris filled with unagi(Ranch 99 sells frozen unagi for like $4!) that are great for meals on the go, or a salad that I can just add dressing to later. Great salad to make is lettuce, feta cheese, walnuts, fresh cut strawberries, and raspberry vinagrette. Just put into a tuppaware and bring the dressing!
-Buy sturdy fruit. By sturdy I mean that it will last well if its bouncing along in your bag along with your anime purchases. Apples are especially great because you can eat them as is, but I love persimmons and have two trees at home, so I just precut them and put them in a ziplock until I want them.
-If you make meat dishes and you want hot rice to go with them, just buy rice from the chinese restaurant thats also next to Johnny Rockets.
-IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO COOK OR YOU'RE COMING FROM SOMEPLACE FAR FAR AWAY...just buy food from restaurants and share with friends. A lot of the dishes have big portions so instead or ordering separate dishes, just share one! It'll save the both of you money and is a good time to ooh and ahh about your purchases. My sister and I always share a drink because we can usually get it refilled so there's really no reason to get two cups!
- I don't actually bring that much bottle water with me anymore. I just usually get one bottle that I can reuse and then keep filling up at the water stations around the con. This way it won't be so heavy to carry. The con is very good at keeping these water stations filled so I don't have much need to carry around my own water.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Guise on October 23, 2008, 03:09:22 PM
This is going to be my first Fanime and first time abroad alone...a little scared? I'm bricking it. I am looking forward to meeting some new people and spending time in a nicer climate.

Thought I'd share a recommendation to anyone, like myself, who is travelling from overseas. It wont be of much use to the majority of people here, but might make life easier for us non-natives.  ;D

If you've used a credit card to shop or withdraw cash abroad, you'll probably have spotted the additional amounts for foreign transactions AND currency conversion. I got the suggestion from a friend who works as a travelling marketing rep, see about setting up a US dollar account alongside your current account from your bank (or a different one depending how bad yours is). A lot of banks do these and although they perform the currency conversion at time of depositing (which means that if you travel at a time when the exchange rate favours your home, then you might lose out on a better deal) they often have a lower or not charge an additional conversion fee. Remember also, sometimes you need to contact your credit card provider to allow use abroad - I certainly had to, even though I can use it online.

You might also want to look at banks like Citibank as they use agent companies in other countries but tend to tie accounts through the US - in the UK you can set up a Citibank account with an additional US dollar account, put the holiday money in the USD account and it then removes transaction and ATM withdrawl fees while in the US as long as you use the USD account.

(For an idea of why this can be a good idea, I'm staying in SJ for 11 nights total at Hilton, so paying quite a lot. I know how much they will charge me in dollars and have confirmation of that (incl. tax and other charges), if I have that amount in my dollar account then my bill is settled. If I have the equivalent amount in my own currency at the time I fly over, then at the time of check out the exchange rate might actually mean I am short by anything from tens to hundreds)

Also, remember that unlike a lot of European countries you get sales tax added on top of items and not included in the price, so budget for it. The first few times I bought stuff in the US, I was confused as heck when the price was about 5-10% higher than even my poor maths skills could work out.

Oh, and roaming charges on your mobile phone. Seriously, these can be a nightmare.

Sorry if all that was long-winded.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 10, 2008, 01:23:55 PM
Something I realized I didn't mention in the original post but is very important:

When you check into your hotel, both the Marriott AND the Hilton charge a $50/night deposit to your credit or debit card. That means if you are staying for 3 nights, they will charge the cost of your room stay PLUS 150 dollars. So if the cost for your room is 400 dollars, they charge your card a total of $550. The 150 dollars is put back onto your card within 2-3 business days, but you WILL NOT have access to these funds during Fanime, since it take place over the weekend and that Monday is a holiday, and not a business day. Please PLEASE keep this in mind when figuring out your finances. If they cannot process the room+deposit fee on your card they won't let you check in, and they won't take the deposit in cash, though they may take a check.

Some people may argue that they didn't have to pay a deposit, but in the 4  years I've gone to Fanime this has been the case every single time, and I've stayed at both hotels. So, I'm going to assume that this is still the case.

So, please, keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: heeroyuy135 on November 10, 2008, 02:29:38 PM
What I found myself doing was buying case of water and one of those Gatorade powdered drink mix. All I did was pour some water into a container, added the powder, shake it up, and boom - instant Gatorade. I found myself drinking that the whole weekend, alone and even with food that I bought out of the convention. It's a cheap alternative to buying actual Gatorade (it can save you about $5), plus you can also have water.

With that strict intake of Gatorade and water, I found myself much more active, alert, and not so much tired - even when I pounded an energy drink late-night. Now I know what to drink at conventions to ensure that I get everything out of Fanime.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: KyraEnsui on November 10, 2008, 04:09:13 PM
Something I realized I didn't mention in the original post but is very important:

When you check into your hotel, both the Marriott AND the Hilton charge a $50/night deposit to your credit or debit card. That means if you are staying for 3 nights, they will charge the cost of your room stay PLUS 150 dollars. So if the cost for your room is 400 dollars, they charge your card a total of $550. The 150 dollars is put back onto your card within 2-3 business days, but you WILL NOT have access to these funds during Fanime, since it take place over the weekend and that Monday is a holiday, and not a business day. Please PLEASE keep this in mind when figuring out your finances. If they cannot process the room+deposit fee on your card they won't let you check in, and they won't take the deposit in cash, though they may take a check.

Some people may argue that they didn't have to pay a deposit, but in the 4  years I've gone to Fanime this has been the case every single time, and I've stayed at both hotels. So, I'm going to assume that this is still the case.

So, please, keep that in mind.

Good thing that you mention it. It happened to me when I was staying at the Hilton and it's been like that anywhere I go for hotels. I think they might mention on their website too. A good heads up on that.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: heeroyuy135 on November 10, 2008, 04:30:29 PM
Something I realized I didn't mention in the original post but is very important:

When you check into your hotel, both the Marriott AND the Hilton charge a $50/night deposit to your credit or debit card. That means if you are staying for 3 nights, they will charge the cost of your room stay PLUS 150 dollars. So if the cost for your room is 400 dollars, they charge your card a total of $550. The 150 dollars is put back onto your card within 2-3 business days, but you WILL NOT have access to these funds during Fanime, since it take place over the weekend and that Monday is a holiday, and not a business day. Please PLEASE keep this in mind when figuring out your finances. If they cannot process the room+deposit fee on your card they won't let you check in, and they won't take the deposit in cash, though they may take a check.

Some people may argue that they didn't have to pay a deposit, but in the 4  years I've gone to Fanime this has been the case every single time, and I've stayed at both hotels. So, I'm going to assume that this is still the case.

So, please, keep that in mind.

Good thing that you mention it. It happened to me when I was staying at the Hilton and it's been like that anywhere I go for hotels. I think they might mention on their website too. A good heads up on that.
The Fanime site does tell you when you book. I think that most people forget it anyways...
That's why I charge the hotel on one card (usually my credit card) and charge everything else on my other (debit card or cash).
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Mr Anime on November 11, 2008, 10:27:58 AM
Something I realized I didn't mention in the original post but is very important:

When you check into your hotel, both the Marriott AND the Hilton charge a $50/night deposit to your credit or debit card. That means if you are staying for 3 nights, they will charge the cost of your room stay PLUS 150 dollars. So if the cost for your room is 400 dollars, they charge your card a total of $550. The 150 dollars is put back onto your card within 2-3 business days, but you WILL NOT have access to these funds during Fanime, since it take place over the weekend and that Monday is a holiday, and not a business day. Please PLEASE keep this in mind when figuring out your finances. If they cannot process the room+deposit fee on your card they won't let you check in, and they won't take the deposit in cash, though they may take a check.

Some people may argue that they didn't have to pay a deposit, but in the 4  years I've gone to Fanime this has been the case every single time, and I've stayed at both hotels. So, I'm going to assume that this is still the case.

So, please, keep that in mind.

I stayed at the Hilton this year and didn't have to pay any kind of deposit. I still find it a bit strange that they ask some people for some kind of deposit and totally don't required it from others.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 11, 2008, 01:27:34 PM
Something I realized I didn't mention in the original post but is very important:

When you check into your hotel, both the Marriott AND the Hilton charge a $50/night deposit to your credit or debit card. That means if you are staying for 3 nights, they will charge the cost of your room stay PLUS 150 dollars. So if the cost for your room is 400 dollars, they charge your card a total of $550. The 150 dollars is put back onto your card within 2-3 business days, but you WILL NOT have access to these funds during Fanime, since it take place over the weekend and that Monday is a holiday, and not a business day. Please PLEASE keep this in mind when figuring out your finances. If they cannot process the room+deposit fee on your card they won't let you check in, and they won't take the deposit in cash, though they may take a check.

Some people may argue that they didn't have to pay a deposit, but in the 4  years I've gone to Fanime this has been the case every single time, and I've stayed at both hotels. So, I'm going to assume that this is still the case.

So, please, keep that in mind.

I stayed at the Hilton this year and didn't have to pay any kind of deposit. I still find it a bit strange that they ask some people for some kind of deposit and totally don't required it from others.

You won't know if you paid a deposit unless you look at your bank statement like, immediately after checking in. It will show a pending charge of your hotel room +the deposit charge, but by the time the charge goes through it just shows your room charge.

I don't think that they are allowed to impose deposits for some visitors and not others, but I may be wrong on this. For the general population at least, prepare for that deposit fee.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: satanic_mechanic on November 11, 2008, 09:23:20 PM
oh man, one of the reasons fanime is a guilty pleasure of mine is my complete embrace of temporary irresponsibility and reckless abandon.

i basically lived off of La Vic burritos, rockstar and vodka. and i managed to get to the final table at the saturday night poker tournament.

good times.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 15, 2008, 11:09:35 AM
One other important thing that might not be so obvious until you look again:

This budget is based off of the assumption that you are sharing a room with 3 other people!

If you are going to fly solo, instead of 98 dollars for your hotel fee, figure 400, and don't forget the deposit fee of 150 so it's more like $550 (though the deposit is refunded within a couple business days).

Or, if you're going with less than 3 people, take that into account with your budget by re-dividing the $393 appropriately.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rette on November 15, 2008, 11:23:34 PM
Get one of those hot water kettles ($15) and oodles of cup Ramen. While you might feel mildly ill by Monday, you'll have saved a ton of money.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on November 16, 2008, 12:13:39 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 16, 2008, 11:29:49 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.

You do pay for the room completely upfront. One person will obviously be putting the room charge on his/her card, and they do charge the full weekend's amount when you check in. The divided numbers is just each person's individual SHARE of the room, that they can pay to the cardholder in cash for their spot in the room.

That's what I meant, so...sorry if it was confusing.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rodney_Pheonix on November 16, 2008, 11:57:22 AM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.

You do pay for the room completely upfront. One person will obviously be putting the room charge on his/her card, and they do charge the full weekend's amount when you check in. The divided numbers is just each person's individual SHARE of the room, that they can pay to the cardholder in cash for their spot in the room.

That's what I meant, so...sorry if it was confusing.

And now I'm not so confused. Thanks.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 16, 2008, 02:05:15 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.

You do pay for the room completely upfront. One person will obviously be putting the room charge on his/her card, and they do charge the full weekend's amount when you check in. The divided numbers is just each person's individual SHARE of the room, that they can pay to the cardholder in cash for their spot in the room.

That's what I meant, so...sorry if it was confusing.

And now I'm not so confused. Thanks.

No problem. ^_^
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: BSaphire on November 22, 2008, 07:18:33 AM
Great thread! Thought I'd post a few of the ways My group plans our outings for conventions.

1. Hotel = four to a room divide cost by four. Now if the cost is more than $110 per person then I will pick up the difference on my card, but I ask them to contribute food to the room for everyone so purchase an 8 or 10 pack of something.

CHECK on Parking Fees!
If you are carpooling with someone then pay for parking one night. Also see gas (3) below.

2. Food for Room = Available items in the room cover high carb breakfast foods that are easy to make or eat, and simple lunch foods along with snack items. I also have a hot water kettle that I bring to con so that we have boiling water (coffee pots don't get that hot)

Breakfast items:
go yogurt tubes or small containers
boxed/canned fruit juice
granola bars
breakfast bars
cereal in small boxes
instant oatmeal
coffee
tea
other items fall in snack foods

Lunch items:
1lb package lunch meat (freeze this ahead of time for lunch on the 2nd day put in a zip lock bag and store under top layer of ice)
Salami (sliced is preferred, but store in a separate zip lock bag and under top layer of ice)
loaf of bread (100% whole wheat bread that isn't enriched)
mayo (store towards middle of ice chest and have extra zip lock bag for the knife to be stored in)
mustard (store on side of ice chest)
sliced cheeses - pepper jack, provalone, colby (put these in a zip lock bag and store on top of ice so they stay dry but cold)
one case of cup of noodles
zip lock bag of pre cut veggies like carrots & celery
other items fall in snack foods

Snack foods & drinks:
fruit should be convenient so fruit like: grapes, bananas, apples, oranges however if you would like to do melon or pineapple just make sure it is already cut up and in a secure container for the ice chest.
assorted chips
olives
dip for chips &/or veggies
flavored crackers
cookies
case of bottled water (24) and a box or two of those water flavor packages for those who want something more flavored
2 - 4 packs of sodas I recommend the smaller cans so there is less waste and they don't take up as much room in the ice chest. Don't put them all in the ice chest just put 2-4 of each type at the bottom of the ice chest along with 6-8 waters and juice.
 
If you share a room with women I would highly recommend CHOCOLATE!!! ^^P  there hasn't been a con yet where the craving for chocolate hasn't hit at least one female in the group... ok it has been me and I am partial to dark chocolate and raspberries ^^)

By covering breakfast and lunch in the room that leaves more money for a nice dinner out! Grab some friends and go try a local restaurant.

3. If you are riding with someone share the gas expense to and/or from con. I have put my gas portion into food, or beverage, or dinner so this may be an option for some.

4. ALWAYS HAVE MONEY FOR STARBUCKS! If you have time in advance buy a Starbucks card! ^^)

5. No matter how much money you save up to buy stuff during con... always figure it was never enough! With that said ^^P plan accordingly.

Can't think of anything right now... but I'm sure I'll come back to this at some point.

Squidges
BSaphire
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Jail Bait on December 02, 2008, 06:45:42 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.

You do pay for the room completely upfront. One person will obviously be putting the room charge on his/her card, and they do charge the full weekend's amount when you check in. The divided numbers is just each person's individual SHARE of the room, that they can pay to the cardholder in cash for their spot in the room.

That's what I meant, so...sorry if it was confusing.
If we paid in advance (months before the con) do we need to pay a deposit when we get there? My friend paid for our hotel and she did it already with her credit card...so do we need to bring a deposit?

My friends and I were able to spend a total of 0 dollars on food! Well, at the con. We brought food from costco that we kept in a cooler or on the table. Nothing needs to be cooked! We brought;
 
Beef jerky-like 20 packs
Noodles-a whole case both cup and bagged ramen, either dry or with hot water from coffee pot.
dry cereal-lucky charms FTW!
Snack bars-2-3 cases!
Gummy snacks-for candy cravings, not much
Panda Snacks/Pocky-candy cravings, lots!
Ritz chips/crackers
Fruit-apples, pears, bananas, cherries and lemons are what we had!
Candy bars- candy cravings are strong at fanime for some reason...
fruit roll-ups-not a lot, but they taste good...
individually wrapped pastries-debbie bars, ding-dongs, ho-ho's, twinkies,
Lunchables-not all need refrigeration, please check labels and don't sue me if you pick the wrong kind!!
Breads/baked goods-most can be eaten room-temp!
Muffins/Bagels-yum....breakfast all week!
Chips-cheap, filling, 5 bags kept up happy for 5 days!
Corn nuts/nuts in general-protein so you don't pass-out/get sick like Terra did last year.
Donuts
Cookies
Party Mixes
Bread with pb+j or some other room-temp safe spread.

That's what I survived on the weekend!

PLEASE READ THIS THOUGH; DON'T BUY FAST FOOD! THEY STOP PREPARING IT SAFELY AT BK AND MC D'S BY 8PM! THEY RUN OUT OF KETCHUP/PICKLES/LETTUCE/EVERYTHING BY SATURDAY!! I GOT REAAAALLY SICK ONE YEAR WHEN I BOUGHT A BURGER!!

Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on December 02, 2008, 07:14:53 PM
Wouldn't it be easier to just pay for the room completely upfront? It makes more sense to me. then again I come from an economic philosophy of But what you are buying, for the entire price upfront, in cash. Rather than taking out a loan and all that other crap and spending years paying on said item, and most of all I hate owing people money.

You do pay for the room completely upfront. One person will obviously be putting the room charge on his/her card, and they do charge the full weekend's amount when you check in. The divided numbers is just each person's individual SHARE of the room, that they can pay to the cardholder in cash for their spot in the room.

That's what I meant, so...sorry if it was confusing.
If we paid in advance (months before the con) do we need to pay a deposit when we get there? My friend paid for our hotel and she did it already with her credit card...so do we need to bring a deposit?

From my experience, you will still have to put a deposit down on the room when you get there, but that will be the only thing they will charge to your card if you've paid it upfront.


Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Kyra_Maverick on January 06, 2009, 06:58:49 PM
I can not stress parking enough! Make sure you have money for parking. Some of the hotels claim discounts for Fanime guests, but call your hotel and double check. Last year I stayed at the Crowne Plaza, where parking was supposed to be half off for Fanime guests. It was not. Any attempt to convince them of this, even showing the housing website where it was posted, had no effect. /rant

In short, have extra money for parking. 

All the other advice thats been posted is very sound.

As for saving money, coins are still money. Hold on to that change you get back, and bring it to a CoinStar machine or straight to the bank. It can add up faster then you think.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Lady_Hoshi on January 10, 2009, 04:08:39 PM
Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?

The free water is tap water.  Some people do not like the taste/can't drink tap water.  Even some water from those pure water stores tastes funny to me.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: MaruKyuu on January 10, 2009, 10:09:16 PM
Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?

The free water is tap water.  Some people do not like the taste/can't drink tap water.  Even some water from those pure water stores tastes funny to me.

IT'S TAP WATER!?!?!?!?!?! I drank unbelievable amounts last year. It was like liquid heaven to me.

Thanks for destroying my great memories. :(

But seriously, the water's not bad or anything, I honestly couldn't tell it was tap water.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Steve.Young on January 10, 2009, 11:55:29 PM
I don't think it was tap water, but I shall ask.

Cause Fanime DOES PAY a lot of money for water...
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 11, 2009, 11:16:56 AM
Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?

The free water is tap water.  Some people do not like the taste/can't drink tap water.  Even some water from those pure water stores tastes funny to me.

The free water that I think people are referring to are the numerous water dispensers spread throughout the convention center. There are typically quite a few of them, especially in the video halls...they have plastic cups around them and such. I doubt that it is tap water in disguise as I also had some of this water and found it to be delicious, refreshing and pure.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: ewu on January 11, 2009, 11:05:20 PM
If I recall correctly, there were some issues with keeping those full and maybe at some point they were tap.

Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?

The free water is tap water.  Some people do not like the taste/can't drink tap water.  Even some water from those pure water stores tastes funny to me.

The free water that I think people are referring to are the numerous water dispensers spread throughout the convention center. There are typically quite a few of them, especially in the video halls...they have plastic cups around them and such. I doubt that it is tap water in disguise as I also had some of this water and found it to be delicious, refreshing and pure.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Lady_Hoshi on January 12, 2009, 12:16:37 AM
maybe it's the ice they use in it to keep it cool.  but every now and then the water had some sort of aftertaste.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 12, 2009, 12:49:00 PM
If I recall correctly, there were some issues with keeping those full and maybe at some point they were tap.

Also, water is free all convention long, why are people buying water?

The free water is tap water.  Some people do not like the taste/can't drink tap water.  Even some water from those pure water stores tastes funny to me.

The free water that I think people are referring to are the numerous water dispensers spread throughout the convention center. There are typically quite a few of them, especially in the video halls...they have plastic cups around them and such. I doubt that it is tap water in disguise as I also had some of this water and found it to be delicious, refreshing and pure.

Ah, alrighty. That might explain it.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: PassingTheBuck on January 25, 2009, 10:49:34 AM
One important thing I learned about the hotels is, even if you pay for staying at the hotel x amounts of nights, the price is not set so therefore you should have a couple hundred dollars extra just in case. There was a deposit for each room we booked, we took a couple of things from the fridge, and there was the movies charge. You should not watch movies that the hotel provides. It's actually a lot cheaper to go to Blockbusters to rent movies and watch them on your laptop.

Actually the price is set and can not be changed by the hotel, unless the number of bodies in the room increased from two to three or four bodies.  If the hotel rate is $100.00 per and includes all the taxes and when the bill comes and its more than that, you need to contact the CMR REP immediately. 

C.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 25, 2009, 11:07:31 AM
One important thing I learned about the hotels is, even if you pay for staying at the hotel x amounts of nights, the price is not set so therefore you should have a couple hundred dollars extra just in case. There was a deposit for each room we booked, we took a couple of things from the fridge, and there was the movies charge. You should not watch movies that the hotel provides. It's actually a lot cheaper to go to Blockbusters to rent movies and watch them on your laptop.

Actually the price is set and can not be changed by the hotel, unless the number of bodies in the room increased from two to three or four bodies.  If the hotel rate is $100.00 per and includes all the taxes and when the bill comes and its more than that, you need to contact the CMR REP immediately. 

C.

Really? Even if the people in the room incur additional charges by using the phone, ordering room service, etc.? Also, the deposit thing has been constant and is always stacked on top of the initial charge, it's just that they refund it a couple business days after the con's over.

But please, if they shouldn't be charging us deposit fees let us know, because for the last 4 years or so I've been paying my room fee +150 dollars for deposit ($50/night).
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: ewu on January 25, 2009, 12:03:19 PM
Really? Even if the people in the room incur additional charges by using the phone, ordering room service, etc.? Also, the deposit thing has been constant and is always stacked on top of the initial charge, it's just that they refund it a couple business days after the con's over.

But please, if they shouldn't be charging us deposit fees let us know, because for the last 4 years or so I've been paying my room fee +150 dollars for deposit ($50/night).

You all should call CMR or post on the CMR thread (http://forums.fanime.com/index.php/topic,11490.0.html).
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: PassingTheBuck on January 25, 2009, 06:21:20 PM
One important thing I learned about the hotels is, even if you pay for staying at the hotel x amounts of nights, the price is not set so therefore you should have a couple hundred dollars extra just in case. There was a deposit for each room we booked, we took a couple of things from the fridge, and there was the movies charge. You should not watch movies that the hotel provides. It's actually a lot cheaper to go to Blockbusters to rent movies and watch them on your laptop.

Actually the price is set and can not be changed by the hotel, unless the number of bodies in the room increased from two to three or four bodies.  If the hotel rate is $100.00 per and includes all the taxes and when the bill comes and its more than that, you need to contact the CMR REP immediately. 

C.

Really? Even if the people in the room incur additional charges by using the phone, ordering room service, etc.? Also, the deposit thing has been constant and is always stacked on top of the initial charge, it's just that they refund it a couple business days after the con's over.

But please, if they shouldn't be charging us deposit fees let us know, because for the last 4 years or so I've been paying my room fee +150 dollars for deposit ($50/night).

Base room rate, not the add on things, but however, how many of the attendees are willing to assume the charges for the phone, at about a buck a minute to use it, when the vast majority of the attendees have cell phones, making room services charges (paying the higher end pricing, 18% for delivery plus taxes, plus, plus plus), when they have enough issues paying for base food and as for other charges, it depends.

You shouldn't be charged a deposit, because you need to tell the hotel that you wouldn't be using the phone nor having room service or using any other service and they can't charge you.  It's really that simple.  However if on the other hand, if you planning on using those services, yeah, you will need to pay a deposit or use your AMEX card and it wouldn't matter.

C.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 26, 2009, 10:44:49 AM
Not trying to be argumentative here, just wanted to point out the CMR rep. replied to my question regarding the deposit situation:

Quote from: CMR rep
Hello, my name is Jacy and I am with CMR. The deposit that you are asking about is basically to guarantee that you have enough available funds on your credit card to pay the hotel. The hotel will take an authorization on your credit card for the amount of the room plus tax and an additional $50-$100 per night of your stay to account for any possible incidental charges that you may incur (hotel restaurant, Starbucks, room service, etc.). If you use a debit card, the funds will actually be temporarily withdrawn or held in limbo so that they are inaccessible. If you would like to avoid this hold/deposit when you stay at a hotel, you can give them cash (equal to the amount of the room plus deposit) then pay at the end with a credit card and get the cash refunded to you. You can just pay in cash as well and not use a credit or debit card. This process is used by hotels so that they can guarantee payment from their guests. I hope that this helps!

I have tried to talk my way out of the deposit in the past, but the hotel management insists that it's necessary for check-in because of the possibility of damaging the room, etc, and not just voluntary incidentals.

I'll stop dragging it along, I've been paying the deposit for years now and at this point it's figured into my budget, so it's no skin off my back...
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: elfgirlkaname on February 07, 2009, 07:11:26 PM
if anyone is interested this is my con budget
I am driving up with my sister so gas and parking is halved
I also have a 4 person room reserved and am planning for 4 people in it
I am going to be there from thurday-monday


gas 15$
parking25$
food on the way to and from the con 10$
food at con 100$
hotel 135$
so this is the minimum at 285$

swap meet 50$
cosplay materials (I make my own) 50$
spending money (posssibly a BJD) 300$

so I need to save 685 :D not bad if you ask me
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: shinjiboy on February 07, 2009, 07:21:17 PM
Don't forget to put aside the "wtf" fee in case the hotel has some unknown charge or your dinner costing more than you expected.  One easy way is to take it out of your spending money. 
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: BrightHeart76 on February 07, 2009, 07:30:43 PM
My estimated room cost this year is $450  (Thursday thru Tuesday at the Hilton single occupancy including taxes)
Parking should be about $100
Gas (if prices stay as they are) is about $40 each way (so $80)
I try to save $300 for food, but I never spend that much.
I hope HOPE to have $500 or $600 for everything else.

Total = approximately $1500  I already have $950.  If I can save $200 a month until Fanime I'll be set...and I should be able to do that no problem.   ;D

(I did not include costs for items I've already paid for i.e. my registration and cosplays)

The bonus is I might have a room mate this year...that would take about $200 off the room cost and seriously make Fanime much more affordable.  :)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: zoupzuop2 on February 10, 2009, 05:52:19 PM
Something of note:

If you're desperate to not pay so much for a hotel, look to Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley is tricky, but the price for the Best Western is a bit much (about the same $100 you'd already be paying) and the Hilton is a freaking CASTLE. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, has a SLEW of very cheap hotels (though certainly not the best), and it's not a far reach to take the HW17 Express from Santa Cruz to San Jose. Ultimately, if you pay low at the hotels and buy Day passes for the VTA Bus every day, you could save a few bucks grand total.

That's if you're REALLY scrapin', though.
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Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on February 10, 2009, 10:46:31 PM
Something of note:

If you're desperate to not pay so much for a hotel, look to Santa Cruz. Scotts Valley is tricky, but the price for the Best Western is a bit much (about the same $100 you'd already be paying) and the Hilton is a freaking CASTLE. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, has a SLEW of very cheap hotels (though certainly not the best), and it's not a far reach to take the HW17 Express from Santa Cruz to San Jose. Ultimately, if you pay low at the hotels and buy Day passes for the VTA Bus every day, you could save a few bucks grand total.

That's if you're REALLY scrapin', though.
I know. There 2/3 days of the year for 4th of July. All free too. Got to love having rich relatives with shares...
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Post by: jeans on March 26, 2009, 08:33:07 AM
Breakfast burritos at La Vic's are now $3.25 ... but still darn good!
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Post by: Charis on March 30, 2009, 09:29:45 AM
Important to note, also, that per the Hilton questions thread, all of the rooms there now come with mini-fridges.

(This makes me happy.  I like my cold water.  XD )
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Post by: heeroyuy135 on April 11, 2009, 12:35:32 AM
I've started a budget spreadsheet for 2009...at-con costs are about the same they were last year with a slight increase due to a higher hotel rate. Total spending including pre-con (like drinks and snacks I bring over) is about $850.

I wish I had my 2008 budget spreadsheet, but the original hard drive on the laptop crashed :(
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 07, 2009, 04:16:36 PM
Fanime is quickly approaching!

I hope all of you budgeting types have hit your desired amount to bring, as for me I'm running short so I'm hoping to make a profit Thursday night through the swap meet, lol.

Looking forward to the convention! I'll see you all there!
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Post by: KyraEnsui on May 10, 2009, 09:47:22 AM
I know I'm barely getting close to my budget except that there are few things that made me snag in the middle. Stupid brother and racking up phone bill. So, here's hoping to get moolas from swap meet. =)
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Post by: †Alexander Anderson† on May 13, 2009, 08:03:57 PM
I usually just bring home food with me in 2 paper bags for the weekends like sandwiches, bananas, energy bars, energy drinks such as Gatorade or Redbull (though it technically doesn't energize you, it's a good cheap alternative.) fruit snacks, ect. It saves you A WHOLE bunch of money so you can blow it all away on the Fanime swords and gifts :)
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Post by: heeroyuy135 on May 14, 2009, 01:05:25 AM
I'm hoping to get some money out of textbook buybacks and all the change I've been saving so that I don't have to take out as much from the bank account
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Post by: elfgirlkaname on May 14, 2009, 09:57:02 AM
yay! I got my tax return!! ;D

I have more than enough for my planned budget...
....I can even get a BJD....

 ;D ;D ;D

if Junkyspot has the one I want :D
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Post by: sarah_the_raptor on June 02, 2009, 09:05:44 AM
This year, the group I went with hit the store on the way out of town. we spent about $50 on food, and it lasted the weekend. it was a very good idea on our part.
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Post by: outcast on June 02, 2009, 10:29:53 AM
All i needed was at least 90 bucks for the whole weekend t cover food and merchandise.
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Post by: sarah_the_raptor on June 03, 2009, 09:10:44 AM
All i needed was at least 90 bucks for the whole weekend t cover food and merchandise.

that's about how much i came with. so glad there was a walgreens right around the corner.
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Post by: Remi Leopold on June 22, 2009, 01:54:11 AM
Also; if you think you can cut costs by not getting a hotel, THINK TWICE MY FRIEND.

Not only will the rovers be constantly keeping you awake, but by Monday(if not sunday), you will be halfway dead.

A hotel is a necessity.
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Post by: heeroyuy135 on October 23, 2009, 02:04:51 PM
Already got the '10 budget up and working on it
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Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on October 23, 2009, 03:12:49 PM
Already got the '10 budget up and working on it
link?
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: KyraEnsui on November 05, 2009, 10:10:41 AM
I know I am set for '10 budget also. This time, I have a better idea on how much it will cost for not only hotel rooms, but also, the cost of gas, renting a car, and managing my time so I drive with less gas along with buying foods and waters while staying at the Hilton for their awesome mini-fridges; I'm all set. My roommates loves it when our fridge is stock-full of liquids and cool snacks.

I always go to Target for snacks because they will always have something on clearance like those fruits cups. I bought those for only $0.64 each and then stock up on one case of 24-pk of water bottles. As for renting a car, I absolutely recommend Enterprise because if you book online, they will have a 50% weekend special. Check ahead on how much hotel will charge for parking or surrounding area of the convention so that it can be added to your budget.

 ;D Hope this help out.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on November 05, 2009, 06:42:55 PM
I'm glad to see this thread is still up and running! I will try to make some additions in the coming weeks. I hope all of you are getting ready for an awesome Fanime 2010!
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Post by: heeroyuy135 on November 08, 2009, 07:54:35 PM
Already got the '10 budget up and working on it
link?
I mean on my end...

I have an idea to those who don't want to wait around to have their credit card charged the full amount for a hotel room. Instead, buy hotel gift cards in small increments. For example, if you know your room is going to cost about $300, then buy three $100 gift cards. You can probably buy one each month after you reserve the room until you get to your desired total. You would still have to put a credit card on file, but when the bill comes around for the hotel you're stuck with the chump change compared to the full charge because the gift cards will take the grunt of the charged amount. It also gives you a easier chance to pay off those small amounts each month (or whatever your payment period is) compared to having to pay off the full amount.
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Post by: FanFicGuru on November 19, 2009, 01:42:32 PM
Already got the '10 budget up and working on it
link?
I mean on my end...

I have an idea to those who don't want to wait around to have their credit card charged the full amount for a hotel room. Instead, buy hotel gift cards in small increments. For example, if you know your room is going to cost about $300, then buy three $100 gift cards. You can probably buy one each month after you reserve the room until you get to your desired total. You would still have to put a credit card on file, but when the bill comes around for the hotel you're stuck with the chump change compared to the full charge because the gift cards will take the grunt of the charged amount. It also gives you a easier chance to pay off those small amounts each month (or whatever your payment period is) compared to having to pay off the full amount.

That's a really good idea. I'm gonna put this on the front page. ^_^
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Post by: Lady_Hoshi on December 09, 2009, 08:16:51 PM
Already got the '10 budget up and working on it
link?
I mean on my end...

I have an idea to those who don't want to wait around to have their credit card charged the full amount for a hotel room. Instead, buy hotel gift cards in small increments. For example, if you know your room is going to cost about $300, then buy three $100 gift cards. You can probably buy one each month after you reserve the room until you get to your desired total. You would still have to put a credit card on file, but when the bill comes around for the hotel you're stuck with the chump change compared to the full charge because the gift cards will take the grunt of the charged amount. It also gives you a easier chance to pay off those small amounts each month (or whatever your payment period is) compared to having to pay off the full amount.

That's a really good idea. I'm gonna put this on the front page. ^_^


the only problem is that at check in the hotel puts a hold charge on your credit card.  This acts like a real transaction.  and especially if you use a debit card that has a visa/mc symbol, you will be unable to use the money that is being "held".
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: michiko nakano on January 25, 2010, 08:37:13 PM
Here are some suggestions for foods that I think are good choices for con, for those of you who like hearing ideas or have grocery shopper's block.  Please don't diss me, I'm sure you all have suggestions to add so just quote me and add stuff, I'd love to hear your suggestions.  My credentials?  A college nutrition course, two winters of backpacking in death valley, and years upon years in a ballet company where i had to know how to sustain healthy energy for hours and hours, like we'll be doing at con.  You don't have to take my suggestions if you don't like them, cuz I know that some of this stuff is pricey.

DRINKS: vitamin water, gatorade, crystal light packets and tang and other powders will work wonders on plain water if you don't like plain water, tea bags (coffee pot can make tea the same way it makes coffee), orange juice, juicy juice... tea is probably best for your health, and you can get fancy with the herbal-remedy-for-con-ailments idea.

GRAINS/BREADY STUFF: poptarts, french bread is usually a dollar in grocery store bakeries, granola bars, other bars, rice cakes, pita bread/chips, whole wheat bread, rice (rice cooker), cheerios (most cereals are pretty good raw), popcorn (marriot has no microwaves though), BAKE TONS OF OATMEAL COOKIES or other nice baked goods like banana bread or corn muffins

PROTEINY STUFF: cheese*, soy things*, peanut butter, beef jerky, yogurt*, almonds, other nuts, pumpkin seeds... get creative and make some personalized trail mx with all your favorite stuff in in, like m&m's and peanuts and sunflower seeds and raisins. Since cooking doesn't really work in hotel rooms, go to La Vic's or another nearby restaurant and get protein.

PLANTS: (i don't know what's in season in may but whatever) cherry tomatoes, carrots, avocado, prepackaged salads with dressing can be mixed and tossed in the bags they come in*, papaya, pineapple, cherries, grapes, apples, any dried fruit (dried fruit must be accompanyed by water or else you will be dehydrated because your body sucks up a lot of water digesting fruit)  

So the idea is to keep variety in your diet as much as you can.  Vitamins are important, and a good way to get what you need is try to get all the different colors of fruit and veggies (red, green, yellow, etcetera).  Bread is your friend!  No, carbs are not bad. If you drink enough water with them your body will produce ongoing energy and they will not turn into fat if you use them up (not hard to do at con).  Protein will sustain you.  Good fats (nuts beans fish) are used up doing light things such as walking and ballroom dancing. Nuts and beans and fish (the second two perhaps in the form of burritos or fish tacos from la vic's?) will help you a lot.  Peanut butter and jelly sammiches may seem unappetizing if you used to eat them every day, but you all know how some things are surprisingly appetizing if you're truly hungry.  Whipped cream is good for quick energy.  And quick other things.  *censored*

*must be refrigerated, use the ice bucket and dump water/replace with ice when you take a break from con to eat or whatever.  or use fridge or cooler.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: heeroyuy135 on January 25, 2010, 10:15:48 PM
Unfortunately some Starbucks locations don't take the gift cards, one being the Starbucks at the Hilton inside the convention center (the Starbucks inside the Los Angeles Airport Marriott where ALA is held doesn't take gift cards as well).
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Post by: michiko nakano on January 26, 2010, 11:22:16 PM
ooohhhhh dang it i think i remember knowing that... thanks!  i'll modify the post~~
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on March 02, 2010, 02:02:35 PM
Here are some suggestions for foods that I think are good choices for con, for those of you who like hearing ideas or have grocery shopper's block.  Please don't diss me, I'm sure you all have suggestions to add so just quote me and add stuff, I'd love to hear your suggestions.  My credentials?  A college nutrition course, two winters of backpacking in death valley, and years upon years in a ballet company where i had to know how to sustain healthy energy for hours and hours, like we'll be doing at con.  You don't have to take my suggestions if you don't like them, cuz I know that some of this stuff is pricey.

DRINKS: vitamin water, gatorade, crystal light packets and tang and other powders will work wonders on plain water if you don't like plain water, tea bags (coffee pot can make tea the same way it makes coffee), orange juice, juicy juice... tea is probably best for your health, and you can get fancy with the herbal-remedy-for-con-ailments idea.

GRAINS/BREADY STUFF: poptarts, french bread is usually a dollar in grocery store bakeries, granola bars, other bars, rice cakes, pita bread/chips, whole wheat bread, rice (rice cooker), cheerios (most cereals are pretty good raw), popcorn (marriot has no microwaves though), BAKE TONS OF OATMEAL COOKIES or other nice baked goods like banana bread or corn muffins

PROTEINY STUFF: cheese*, soy things*, peanut butter, beef jerky, yogurt*, almonds, other nuts, pumpkin seeds... get creative and make some personalized trail mx with all your favorite stuff in in, like m&m's and peanuts and sunflower seeds and raisins. Since cooking doesn't really work in hotel rooms, go to La Vic's or another nearby restaurant and get protein.

PLANTS: (i don't know what's in season in may but whatever) cherry tomatoes, carrots, avocado, prepackaged salads with dressing can be mixed and tossed in the bags they come in*, papaya, pineapple, cherries, grapes, apples, any dried fruit (dried fruit must be accompanyed by water or else you will be dehydrated because your body sucks up a lot of water digesting fruit)  

So the idea is to keep variety in your diet as much as you can.  Vitamins are important, and a good way to get what you need is try to get all the different colors of fruit and veggies (red, green, yellow, etcetera).  Bread is your friend!  No, carbs are not bad. If you drink enough water with them your body will produce ongoing energy and they will not turn into fat if you use them up (not hard to do at con).  Protein will sustain you.  Good fats (nuts beans fish) are used up doing light things such as walking and ballroom dancing. Nuts and beans and fish (the second two perhaps in the form of burritos or fish tacos from la vic's?) will help you a lot.  Peanut butter and jelly sammiches may seem unappetizing if you used to eat them every day, but you all know how some things are surprisingly appetizing if you're truly hungry.  Whipped cream is good for quick energy.  And quick other things.  *censored*

*must be refrigerated, use the ice bucket and dump water/replace with ice when you take a break from con to eat or whatever.  or use fridge or cooler.

Just wanted to say I wanted to add this to the first page/post but it exceeds maximum character limit. :-( Thanks for the tips! Keep them coming.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: michiko nakano on March 02, 2010, 11:31:12 PM
Here are some suggestions for foods that I think are good choices for con, for those of you who like hearing ideas or have grocery shopper's block.  Please don't diss me, I'm sure you all have suggestions to add so just quote me and add stuff, I'd love to hear your suggestions.  My credentials?  A college nutrition course, two winters of backpacking in death valley, and years upon years in a ballet company where i had to know how to sustain healthy energy for hours and hours, like we'll be doing at con.  You don't have to take my suggestions if you don't like them, cuz I know that some of this stuff is pricey.

DRINKS: vitamin water, gatorade, crystal light packets and tang and other powders will work wonders on plain water if you don't like plain water, tea bags (coffee pot can make tea the same way it makes coffee), orange juice, juicy juice... tea is probably best for your health, and you can get fancy with the herbal-remedy-for-con-ailments idea.

GRAINS/BREADY STUFF: poptarts, french bread is usually a dollar in grocery store bakeries, granola bars, other bars, rice cakes, pita bread/chips, whole wheat bread, rice (rice cooker), cheerios (most cereals are pretty good raw), popcorn (marriot has no microwaves though), BAKE TONS OF OATMEAL COOKIES or other nice baked goods like banana bread or corn muffins

PROTEINY STUFF: cheese*, soy things*, peanut butter, beef jerky, yogurt*, almonds, other nuts, pumpkin seeds... get creative and make some personalized trail mx with all your favorite stuff in in, like m&m's and peanuts and sunflower seeds and raisins. Since cooking doesn't really work in hotel rooms, go to La Vic's or another nearby restaurant and get protein.

PLANTS: (i don't know what's in season in may but whatever) cherry tomatoes, carrots, avocado, prepackaged salads with dressing can be mixed and tossed in the bags they come in*, papaya, pineapple, cherries, grapes, apples, any dried fruit (dried fruit must be accompanyed by water or else you will be dehydrated because your body sucks up a lot of water digesting fruit)  

So the idea is to keep variety in your diet as much as you can.  Vitamins are important, and a good way to get what you need is try to get all the different colors of fruit and veggies (red, green, yellow, etcetera).  Bread is your friend!  No, carbs are not bad. If you drink enough water with them your body will produce ongoing energy and they will not turn into fat if you use them up (not hard to do at con).  Protein will sustain you.  Good fats (nuts beans fish) are used up doing light things such as walking and ballroom dancing. Nuts and beans and fish (the second two perhaps in the form of burritos or fish tacos from la vic's?) will help you a lot.  Peanut butter and jelly sammiches may seem unappetizing if you used to eat them every day, but you all know how some things are surprisingly appetizing if you're truly hungry.  Whipped cream is good for quick energy.  And quick other things.  *censored*

*must be refrigerated, use the ice bucket and dump water/replace with ice when you take a break from con to eat or whatever.  or use fridge or cooler.

Just wanted to say I wanted to add this to the first page/post but it exceeds maximum character limit. :-( Thanks for the tips! Keep them coming.
dude, those peanut butter filled pretzels.  though a little unhealthy, there's your proteins and fats and sugar and complex carbs, as well as salt.  also, bring some styrofoam cups and get those nice little oatmeal individual packets, and you can have a nice cup of oatmeal.. BRING UTENSILES lol i had to make fruit salad with a butterfly knife last time.  oh geez, don't tell anyone i had a butterfly knife in my room.  aren't they illegal?
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Post by: FanFicGuru on March 03, 2010, 11:41:50 AM
Only if the blade's longer than 3 inches, I think.
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Post by: michiko nakano on April 30, 2010, 06:16:45 PM
foods to add to the list: wheat thins, girl scout cookies (freeze them now so they'll last, if you still have any, because they'll be a nice treat!), graham crackers (they go great with peanut butter), and most kinds of dry cereal.  I was at school the other day and picked up little box of cocoa puffs... omg. 
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Post by: Somebody on May 02, 2010, 09:49:59 AM
Unfortunately some Starbucks locations don't take the gift cards, one being the Starbucks at the Hilton inside the convention center (the Starbucks inside the Los Angeles Airport Marriott where ALA is held doesn't take gift cards as well).

Somehow I must have missed that Starbucks...pretty sad because that was the hotel I was in last year! :P
They sell Starbucks coffee down at the Marriott don't they? I thought I heard they did...

Also, I organize my money into different containers or envelopes: hotel, emergency, spending, and each day has its own envelope of food money. Obviously I don't touch the emergency unless I'm having one, and when I reach the end of each day if I didn't use all my allotted food money I can put it into my spending.

I always felt that this helped me with personal restraint, especially since I've had roommates that had none. It was very irritating to have a roommate who whined all weekend because she blew all her money on a jacket the first day. >(

This is a wonderful thread! I'm already looking through my budget and shopping list to see where I can edit things for the better.  :D
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Post by: michiko nakano on May 02, 2010, 12:44:40 PM
Yeah, the starbucks is right next to the doors that connect the Hilton to the con center, on the ground level.  Next to the stairs and escalatorz that are outside of the rave and such. 

Yeah I always find that it's nice to have my budget and food and everything organized ahead of time, so that it's already planned by the time I get to con and I can run around and be crazy while still having some kind of structure to rely on. 
Somehow I must have missed that Starbucks...pretty sad because that was the hotel I was in last year! :P
They sell Starbucks coffee down at the Marriott don't they? I thought I heard they did...

Also, I organize my money into different containers or envelopes: hotel, emergency, spending, and each day has its own envelope of food money. Obviously I don't touch the emergency unless I'm having one, and when I reach the end of each day if I didn't use all my allotted food money I can put it into my spending.

I always felt that this helped me with personal restraint, especially since I've had roommates that had none. It was very irritating to have a roommate who whined all weekend because she blew all her money on a jacket the first day. >(

This is a wonderful thread! I'm already looking through my budget and shopping list to see where I can edit things for the better.  :D
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Post by: FanFicGuru on May 02, 2010, 06:41:29 PM
I'm glad people are finding a use for the thread. :-) Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Either that or I need to stop eating cats.
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Post by: michiko nakano on May 02, 2010, 07:22:26 PM
Don't stop eating cats!
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Post by: kohana ichibana on May 06, 2010, 09:16:21 AM
I think it's always better to over budget rather than under budget. It's better to know you have extra money so that after fanime you're not broke.

I have to plan 800 for my hotel since I'm paying the 400 to stay for 4 nights and 400 for the security deposit.
Then 300 spending
100 food
100 supplies (I'm going to be in the artist alley)

Thats a nice 1300. I'm charging my hotel roommates already so they have to pay me before the convention even starts so that saves me 300 of hotel. The good thing is I have a job.
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Post by: jeans on May 28, 2010, 10:44:34 AM
Just a note, La Victoria breakfast burritos have probably gone up in price. I will investigate :D

Results of the investigation: $2.50! Still rather cheap for what you get, thought. Plus that delicious orange sauce...
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Post by: michiko nakano on June 05, 2010, 08:18:38 PM
i brought a loooot of my own food, off my food list i posted, and only went out for food once or twice.  food spendatures were down to a little under twenty bucks.  it pays to bring your own food.
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Post by: kookiekween99 on November 07, 2010, 05:21:32 PM
This should go without saying, but...

If you're planning on bringing a huge thing of Cup Noodles to feast on for the weekend, remember to bring plastic forks.

I know. We felt like idiots as soon as we realized that you can't eat hot liquidy noodly soup stuff with your fingers.
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Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on November 07, 2010, 06:01:32 PM
Honestly, if your willing to survive off of Cup Of Noodles over a weekend of constant activity, walking, and lack of sleep, I think you have better things to worry about then forgetting forks...
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Post by: Rin_chan on January 18, 2011, 06:05:39 PM
Honestly, if your willing to survive off of Cup Of Noodles over a weekend of constant activity, walking, and lack of sleep, I think you have better things to worry about then forgetting forks...
agreed, I learned it the hard way since last year was my first Con I'd ever been to. But yeah, ramen for 3 days was not fun at all. My friends and I brought sandwich stuff to and agreed to share it all, but I only got one >.< not doing that again. We really should've set some guidelines for that, like how many we all get each.

But my food is my food this year.

(By the way, love this thread, wish I found it last year)
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Post by: heeroyuy135 on January 18, 2011, 10:05:38 PM
This is what I did for food in 2010:
Breakfast: Pastries, coffee cake, and orange juice
Lunch: Ramen and crackers with some water and an energy drink
Dinner: Eat out, even if it's fast food - it balances out what you've eaten so far

If you decide to go survive on ramen, go buy in bulk. You can buy a 24 pack of cup ramen over at Costco for about $5.
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Post by: Rin_chan on January 23, 2011, 08:07:13 AM
Since I'm staying the Ramada this year and will have a microwave and fridge in my room, I'm planning and making some small meals at home to bring over and eat. Stir fry's, pasta, some fried rice.

Figured I'd take advantage of having a microwave and go all out, plus having yummy food back in my room will keep me from going out to eat since this year I'm on a smaller budget.
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Post by: FanFicGuru on February 25, 2011, 12:41:04 PM
Hey everyone! I just thought I'd drop in and say hello. I hope this guide is continuing to help our freshman fanime-goers as well as remind our veterans of important financial tidbits. Unfortunately, this year will be my last year at fanime  :'( So I will be going out with a bang! I look forward to seeing you all there!
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Antstep on February 28, 2011, 05:48:18 PM
Ugghh i have absolutely no idea how i'm going to manage my budget. I have a one day small scale "convention" this weekend (San Jose Super Toy and Collectible show). Then some extra time before Fanime i'll probably spend some cash on random things. Then Fanime of course. I hope to have at least $300 by Fanime. Then in about a month and 1/2, I have San Diego Comic Con which i'd also like to have $250-$300 by. WAT DO?? D: (Not to mention on top of all this: FOOD FOR FANIME) I'm not getting a hotel btw i live 15 mins from the con center.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: roarkyo on February 28, 2011, 05:58:23 PM
When i turn 18 im pulling out $5000 and going crazy at fanime 2012
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rin_chan on March 22, 2011, 04:29:24 PM
I know this isn't really budget related, but it could be a good convention idea in general. I'm thinking of investing in a few of the space saver travel bags. You know the one's that you roll up to get all the air out of?

I think it could really help me fit everything into one bag instead of two and save room when my friends and I carpool over to the con.

Anyone else ever try this?
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: zeroelement on May 13, 2011, 08:22:59 PM
Parking places tend to be around $7 a day for 24 hours. so 3-4 days $21-$28

Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Tony on May 13, 2011, 08:59:23 PM
I know this isn't really budget related, but it could be a good convention idea in general. I'm thinking of investing in a few of the space saver travel bags. You know the one's that you roll up to get all the air out of?

I think it could really help me fit everything into one bag instead of two and save room when my friends and I carpool over to the con.

Anyone else ever try this?
Those work really well! Just know that they make your luggage pretty dense and heavy. (It's an important point if you're flying or don't have rolling luggage.)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Moonblossom on May 13, 2011, 09:39:32 PM
I can't emphasize Tony's last point enough. They're super convenient if you're driving, but do be careful if you use them in the future for flying. Also make sure you get the rolly kind, not the vacuum kind, sometimes the packaging is not very clearly labeled.

I got some and I was all "oh this is great! I can put so much more stuff in my luggage!" and forgot to take into account that it weighs the same amount, it's just more compact. My luggage was nearly 20lbs over-weight ><''
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: zeroelement on May 14, 2011, 10:40:41 PM
I can't emphasize Tony's last point enough. They're super convenient if you're driving, but do be careful if you use them in the future for flying. Also make sure you get the rolly kind, not the vacuum kind, sometimes the packaging is not very clearly labeled.

I got some and I was all "oh this is great! I can put so much more stuff in my luggage!" and forgot to take into account that it weighs the same amount, it's just more compact. My luggage was nearly 20lbs over-weight ><''
Another way besides the space bags is tell other people who are staying in your room what your bringing. I don't think you need 3 of the same thing. Besides cloths a room only needs one of most things that get pluged in. Sharing is careing and its can be USEFUL 
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: devid61 on December 09, 2011, 12:27:33 PM
Some tips I learned from this year.

- When it comes to actually saving money for the con plan to save at least 100 dollars MORE than you need. There are always unknown expenses that may arise.
- It really helps to bring your own food and snacks. This includes cups of noodle, PB&J, and cereal. You can make a cup of noodle by heating water in the coffee maker. Not the best cup of noodle, but it's still a cheap and tasty snack. Bring lots of water and other drinks. I don't recommend sodas as they tend to make you more thirsty. Try not to eat at the food stands as they are horribly expensive.
- There are many close food joints that are reasonably priced and quite tasty.
- Save your money as best as you can. Don't buy everything on the first day. Take some time to look at everything you like then think about what you want most and buy them slowly over the course of Fanime.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Rin_chan on December 09, 2011, 03:32:54 PM
I guess the only bad part about waiting to buy something you really want in the dealers hall is what to do if it sells out before you get it. I wanted a K-ON! pillow last year that a few different dealers were selling and waited until monday to buy it, but by then only the most expensive place still had any left >< so I had to choose between paying more or not getting it at all even though it was the only thing I was buying for myself last year (I had a REALLY small budget)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Haunterluvcookies on January 30, 2012, 09:49:13 AM
I say if your driving or flying pack what you need. I tend to over pack and end up with more than I need. I had to carry alot of my stuff around and I hated it.

Also its good to limit what cosplay you want to do, there is only four days for the con if your going thur-mon. Most of the time most people don't stay all of monday. Do cosplays that you really want because overloading yourself with costumes it costly and sometimes you don't get to enjoy the work you put into them. Because your changing all the time.

Lastly if you have a job add up the total you get every month because that could help in planning what your gonna need to spend for fanime. I get paid every two weeks, so I took what I get every two weeks added about 20 to that and broke down my entire fanime trip. The plane fare, con badge, hotel, food and spending money, costumes and most importent is back up money. Always have back up money.

Hope this helps if most of this stuff wasn't metioned already... ;)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 31, 2012, 07:48:14 PM
Hey everyone! Just letting you all know that I am alive and I'll be re-visiting this thread and making adjustments where necessary. I have now relocated to San Diego but I am planning on coming to fanime for my 8th year! Let me know if you have any questions. :)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Antstep on April 04, 2012, 05:37:14 PM
Hey everyone! Just letting you all know that I am alive and I'll be re-visiting this thread and making adjustments where necessary. I have now relocated to San Diego but I am planning on coming to fanime for my 8th year! Let me know if you have any questions. :)
It's awesome you're still going to come! I remember awhile back you said 2011 was your last year.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: llaaannniiii on April 30, 2012, 02:17:46 PM
Hii! This year I'm staying at the Saint Claire, which i heard offers free fridges for a good amount of the room. I'm hoping to get a room with a mini fridge!

What type of food do you guys think I should load up on? I'm trying to not go out and buy food (budget reasons) and also trying to not eat so much junk food. So i have the fridge and the coffee pot (hot water) to work with, and staying from friday - monday so hoping for a bit of variety! So far I'm thinking of buying:

Instant noodles! (lunch time and late night hunger), oatmeal (breakfast), bananas (for oatmeal), instant curry ( just put it in hot water), water, gatorade powder mixture, chips, the triscuit or whatever tomato and basil, pockies, and that's about all

What do you guys recommend on buying? Or what do you guys normally buy for food and snacks? Ty for helping out!
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Charis on April 30, 2012, 02:28:24 PM
If you're trying to avoid junk food, don't go for the instant noodles (or most instant foods) -- those things are loaded with salt and preservatives.  Consider a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread instead; the resulting sandwiches are portable, and you don't even need refrigeration depending on the kind of PB you bring.

Trail-mix type snacks are good -- nuts, dried fruit, etc. -- both for a quick sugar hit if you've forgotten to eat and are starving and for the longer staying-power that proteins and fats will give you.  For more solid meals, if you do have the fridge, consider lunch meats, cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, and hummus.  Some of those you can get in packets that don't need refrigeration before opening as well.  Think about what you tend to eat and try to work off that; different people need different foods to feel full, after all.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: llaaannniiii on April 30, 2012, 02:40:32 PM
boiled eggs!!! great idea!!!! tyy :)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 01, 2012, 01:06:29 PM
My usual suggestion beyond food:
Multi-Vitamins Supplement

Obviously, your body is going to be under a lot of stress over the course of con, what from walking on end, potentially staying awake far past when you should be sleeping, and exposure to large amounts of other people.
Vitamins will give your body a lot of what it needs to keep it running properly and fight off any potential sicknesses you may catch from others, which usual confood will just not provide.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: llaaannniiii on May 01, 2012, 11:53:20 PM
My usual suggestion beyond food:
Multi-Vitamins Supplement

Obviously, your body is going to be under a lot of stress over the course of con, what from walking on end, potentially staying awake far past when you should be sleeping, and exposure to large amounts of other people.
Vitamins will give your body a lot of what it needs to keep it running properly and fight off any potential sicknesses you may catch from others, which usual confood will just not provide.

i just bought some twist off nutrilite drink thingies! it's super portable and i hope it'll work almost similar to vitamin water and gatorade. It's suppooosseee to give you a good amount of vitamins too... lets hope so!! ty for the idea :)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: zoupzuop2 on May 09, 2012, 09:18:48 AM
For those looking for a place to eat, if this hasn't been brought up yet... "La Victoria" is just a short way down San Carlos, and they make some great (and filling!) burritos for cheap. As well, footlongs at Subway are good opportunities for filling foods at a low price, though I'd put La Vic's ahead of Subway any day.

Even if you don't check out La Vic's, consider that the more filling (and nutritious, that's important!) your food choices are, the less you'll NEED to buy food in the interrim— or on Convention grounds, where prices skyrocket. If anything, junk foods and energy drinks cost more and do less for you (as much as I love my Red Bull...)

(Exception: Maid Cafe— I recommend going at least once. The food prices are convention-set— that is to say, high— but it's an experience worth having at least once.)
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: squitwert on January 21, 2013, 08:04:43 PM
Here's how I did it and still been doing it. So you pay for your badge and your room in advance and you get people to go with you at minimum 4; then your room isn't hella expensive.
If you're living with your parents then ask them that you want that to be your birthday gift; for them to pay for your Fanime.
Any money you get you save it even if it means you don't get to go out to eat with your friends, or you don't buy the new Call of Duty or whatever.
Split your money at the con. Mostly between spending money and food money.
I did real barebones last year and my room was $40, my badge was $60 (I messed up in getting preregistration), and I spent about 120 that's both food and stuff at the con. My meals would be one big meal that could sustain me at least for more than half the day. You could go into Iguanas which is like 3 blocks from Fanime and get the biggest burrito they got its like $22 but it will last you maybe 2 days. I also did activites outside of Fanime which is included in the 120. The main part for saving up and keeping that money saved is just resisting the urge to buy something unless its truly vital.
Honestly it isn't that bad seeing as I was staying at the Fairmont and all the things I got to do was really worth it. That's really the key for for budget.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on January 31, 2014, 08:41:35 AM
I would have started a fresh thread but what currently is in here is pretty helpful as well. Feel free to browse the old responses and add any additional tips for our new fanime-goers and veterans alike!
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: heeroyuy135 on February 01, 2014, 11:11:13 PM
I probably should be re-writing what I put, especially the "split the hotel on gift cards" part since that really doesn't work half the time. I still stand by the food allocation costs that I put a long time ago back when I was at a community college (long gone now with my BS degree in hand).
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: TC_X0_Lt_0X on May 11, 2015, 06:19:22 AM
Bumping this to the top sense it not on the first page and lost in the slush.
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: FanFicGuru on May 11, 2015, 10:45:27 AM
Bumping this to the top sense it not on the first page and lost in the slush.

Appreciated! Although at this point this will probably be used for Fanime 2016 prep :D

EDIT: Sticky'd! How fun! :D
Title: Re: Sample Budget (For People who are trying to figure it out) Version 3.0!
Post by: Admiral Donuts on May 27, 2015, 01:08:34 AM
If one sets aside $10 a week between now and Fanime 2016, they'd have $520 by the time the con comes around! Get saving!